7   DECISIONS OF A HISTORY MAKER

                                                                                   July 12/13 Week 2

—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12b, 13 NIV)

SOLOMON- HISTORY MAKERS CHOOSETO SEEK WISDOM

Get wisdom and understanding. Don’t forget or ignore my words. Hold on to wisdom, and it will take care of you. Love it, and it will keep you safe. Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom. If it costs everything you have, get understanding. Treasure wisdom, and it will make you great; hold on to it, and it will bring you honor.                 (Proverbs 4:5-8 NCV)

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have been very kind to my father David, and you have made me king in his place. Now, Lord God, may your promise to my father David come true. You have made me king of a people who are as many as the dust of the earth. Now give me wisdom and knowledge so I can lead these people in the right way, because no one can rule them without your help.” God said to Solomon, “You have not asked for wealth or riches or honor, or for the death of your enemies, or for a long life. But since you have asked for wisdom and knowledge to lead my people, over whom I have made you king, I will give you wisdom and knowledge. I will also give you more wealth, riches, and honor than any king who has lived before you or any who will live after you.” (2 Chronicles 1:7-12 NCV)

WHAT IS WISDOM?
THE ART OF SKILLFUL DECISION MAKING

3 BUILDING BLOCKS OF WISDOM
KNOWLEDGE: The gathering of facts
UNDERSTANDING: The interpretation of those facts
WISDOM: The application of your understanding

For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’     (Luke 7:33, 34 NKJV) 

But wisdom is justified by all her children.” (Luke 7:35 NKJV)

HOW DO I GAIN WISDOM?

1) ASK FOR IT
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:5-8 NIV)
 

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.               (I Corinthians 2:9-12 NKJV)
 

2)   READ ON

Those who get wisdom do themselves a favor, and those who love learning will succeed. (Proverbs 19:8 NCV) 

The mind of a person with understanding gets knowledge; the wise person listens to learn more. (Proverbs 18:15 NCV)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6 aNKJV)

But if you are selfish and have bitter jealousy in your hearts, do not brag. Your bragging is a lie that hides the truth. That kind of “wisdom” does not come from God but from the world. It is not spiritual; it is from the devil. Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil. But the wisdom that comes from God is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, and easy to please . (James 3:14-17 NCV)

3)  CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.             (Proverbs 9:10 NKJV)

A wise person will learn more from a warning than a fool will learn from a hundred lashings. (Proverbs 17:10 NCV)

The wise see danger ahead and avoid it, but fools keep going and get into trouble. (Proverbs 22:3 NCV)

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12 NIV)

And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'                         (Matthew 25:25 NASB)

4)  RELATIONSHIPS

Spend time with the wise and you will become wise, but the friends of fools will suffer. (Proverbs 13:20 NCV)

Wisdom lives in those with understanding, and even fools recognize it. (Proverbs 14:33 NCV)

Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals. (1 Corinthians 15:33 ASV)

Lot was a good man, but because he lived with evil people every day, his good heart was hurt by the evil things he saw and heard. (2 Peter 2:8 NCV)
 

5) TAKE ACTION
 

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22-25 NKJV)

6) RECEIVE CORRECTION
Anyone who loves learning accepts correction, but a person who hates being corrected is stupid. 
(Proverbs 12:1, NCV)

A wise person will learn more from a warning than a fool will learn from a hundred lashings. (Proverbs 17:10 NCV)

Whoever accepts correction is on the way to life, but whoever ignores correction will lead others away from life. (Proverbs 10:17 NCV)
 

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